Celebrate Houston! Schedule
Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival - Celebrating Houston's Diversity and Building a Positive Future - Free on Sunday, November 4 at the Mekong Center in Midtown.
-Live music by Ira Perez, Huehuetl, Nick Gaitan and the Umbrella Man, and Free Radicals.
-Talk by Dr. Roger Wood, author of "Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues", "Texas Zydeco", and "House of Hits" (Univ. of Texas Press). An audience member will win a free copy of "Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues".
-Talk by Noah Rattler (Houston to Los Angeles - Walk for the Homeless). Learn more about National SleepOut.
-Poetry Showcase curated by Jennifer Gabiola.
-DJ Carlee Goins and Tyson Woolman from Coog Radio's "Chicken Fried Rat".
-Connect with community non-profit organizations.
Celebrate Houston! Music and Art Festival
Mekong Center in Midtown (above Khon's)
2808 Milam, Houston, Texas 77006
Celebrate Houston! is produced by Houston Institute for Culture, Lookout Arts Collective and Khon's (wine.darts.coffee.art).
Celebrate Houston! is presented with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.
Special thanks to Bright Star Productions (Call 713-529-2757, www.brightstarproductions.com) and sound engineer Bill Day.
Win a copy of "Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues"
An audience member who is present during Roger Wood's Talk, scheduled at 6:30pm, will win a free copy of Riger Wood's book, "Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues". This book, published by UT Press, is out of print and difficult to find. The contest will be determined by a drawing and you must be present to win.
Best Dressed to Celebrate! Contest
The "Best Dressed to Celebrate!" will win a free trip with Houston Museum of Culture Educational Adventures. Wear your best party attire, traditional regalia, Halloween costume, Art Car Parade outfit, or the crazy getup you wear to work every day. Our judges will be looking for you.
Celebrate Houston! is a family-friendly festival. Please, no offensive or obscene outfits.
If you would like to enter the "Best Dressed to Celebrate!" Contest, you must register at the Houston Museum of Culture information table. A panel of four judges will determine the winner (80 percent of the score), along with Facebook users, whose 'likes' will account for 20 percent of the score.
Houston Institute for Culture and Houston Museum of Culture board members, employees and volunteers who have been active in the past 18 months are not eligible. Artists who have been contracted on a one-time basis for HIFC events are eligible. Vendors are eligible. You must be 18 years of age to enter.
The winner will be decided approximately 10 days after the event. See the Houston Museum of Culture information table for more details.
The value of this prize is approximately $600 to $800. The travel must be completed in 2013 or 2014.
Parking and Transportation
Parking in Midtown streets is free on Sunday.
The festival has a designated bike parking area.
MetroRail's McGowen Station train stop is just .2 miles / four blocks away.
Buses 53, 78, 81, 82 and others pass near the Mekong Center.
More parking information will be provided.
What are we Celebrating?
We are celebrating Houston's diversity by experiencing the rich cultural arts of Houston and building a positive future by connecting with community non-profit organizations.
We are also celebrating Midtown's designation as an Arts District in Texas.
Houston Institute for Culture is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary. learn more at:
The Artery is 25! Learn more at Celebrate Houston!
Please join us for all these great arts and education events and benefits as we celebrate ten great years of Houston Institute for Culture, at this Facebook events link:
Support Valuable Youth Programs
Celebrate Houston! benefits city-wide youth programs, including Houston Cool and Girls Excel.
Donate at: http://www.hmoc.org/events
Learn more about how to sponsor or volunteer for Houston Institute for Culture youth programs. Contact Mark Lacy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us for the Camp Dos Cabezas Scholarship Dinner.
Golfers, please join us for the Celebrate Houston Golf Classic.
Contact Us Today
Artists, contact Iris Contreras (email@example.com)
Boutique vendors, contact Maria Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Non-profit organizations, contact Mark Lacy (email@example.com)
Celebrate Houston! - celebrating Houston's diversity and building a positive future - benefits city-wide youth programs Houston Cool and Girls Excel, and promotes awareness and support for Houston Museum of Culture programs.
Presented with the support of the City of Houston
through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission
on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
The objective is simple: By planting trees, You Make Houston Cool.|
Houston Cool provides college interns with science backgrounds to schools in Houston's urban and industrial areas to help young students explore the benefits of trees. Students learn how trees help reduce the urban "heat island" effect and remove pollutants from the air. They even use math and science to understand the processes and calculate the positive impact of trees. They incorporate urban planning and artistic skills to determine where trees will have the greatest impact on the aesthetics and quality of life of their neighborhood or school. With an approved plan, they plant the trees during a community celebration.
The student plans and intended outcomes are shared with peer groups across the city to inspire a Houston Cool movement that is concerned with quality of life, health, environmental stewardship, beautification, civic pride and community improvement.
The program is part of Houston Institute for Culture's very successful media-based, hands-on youth education programs. In these programs, students utilize media tools, such as photography, digital storytelling and video, to engage the community and their peers about the most effective ideas to improve the world around them.
Girls Excel pairs female mentors from area universities, who work in much-needed paid college internship positions, with middle school and high school girls in at-risk communities to provide mentoring and academic support. The students work together in small groups with their mentor to complete a media project, while having the support of a college role model, who is available on a weekly basis in the after-school program. Girls Excel focuses on east and southwest Houston communities where dropout rates are highest and college attendance is low. The program aims to raise self-esteem, motivate and inspire academic interests, while empowering young women to take an active role in their community or be a voice for marginalized groups within the school or neighborhood.|
The projects that are facilitated by the college intern center around digital storytelling, which utilizes new media technology to produce new forms of media. The curriculum, originating from Dr. Bernard Robin at the University of Houston's College of Education, has proven highly successful in numerous area schools, as it has been implemented by Houston Institute for Culture for more than six years.
The Girls Excel program follows the same model as HIFC's previously successful programs in schools, but with a conscious effort to pair university women with girls' clubs in the schools to address issues that are raised from year to year, including: experiencing and becoming aware of sexism and media pressures; lack of college aspirations or motivation to complete high school; peer pressure; and, the traditional roles expected of many women in their home environment.
Celebrate Houston! and other Houston Museum of Culture events support these valuable city-wide youth programs. To donate, please go to www.hmoc.org/events and click on the "Donate" button at the bottom of the page. You may request additional information by calling 713-667-6650.|